how to make Turkish lentil soup

Everyone makes a New Year’s resolution to be healthier. Whether it’s go to the gym more, eat healthier, lose weight, join a sports team, there is always something about a new year giving us a little glimmer of hope that we can, yes we can, change even one aspect of our unhealthy lifestyle.

Why do we lie to ourselves?

So maybe that’s a little pessimistic of me. While my ability to stick to my resolution of losing weight throughout 2013 will be a test of time, I can definitely stick to eating this healthy Turkish lentil soup, no problem. I am killing two birds with one stone, essentially. This soup is super healthy and has minimal calories, and it is very filling, so it makes it easy to include this in my diet (although refraining from eating the whole batch can be a bit difficult). But I also get the advantage of revisiting Turkey at lunchtime. Although I’m stuck at my desk. In front of a computer. Not a cup of Turkish tea in sight. Sigh.

How to Make Turkish Lentil Soup
What you need
2 1/2 cups red lentils
1 white or yellow onion, chopped
8 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons cumin
1 can chopped or crushed tomatoes
2 Tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
lemon wedges (optional)
crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
large sauce pan, blender, ladle

What you need to do
First, heat the oil in the saucepan over medium heat. Throw in the chopped onion and sweat them out a little bit. Once those babies have perspired enough, add the stock and water, and then stir in the tomatoes and spices. Last but not least, add the lentils. Stir the concoction together, bring to a boil, and then cover and let it simmer over low heat for at least 45 minutes, until the lentils are tender.
Once finished, ladle some of that aromatic chunky goodness into the blender and blend until smooth. Mix it back into the unblended mixture. This part really depends on personal preference. I like my soup to be a bit chunky, but not too much, so I usually do half and half. The final step is to add in crushed red pepper flakes, depending on how spicy you like it to be. Serve with lemon wedges. Makes 6-8 servings.

There you have it. Seriously one of the easiest recipes to make. It’s healthy, it’s delicious, and it’s Turkish. If that’s not an oxymoron, I don’t know what is.

I’ll post pictures soon! Let me know how this recipe works out for you at home!

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